The Handmaid's Tale, Hardback Book

The Handmaid's Tale Hardback

Part of the New Windmills KS4 series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


One of the New Windmills series for schools, this is the story of Offred, one of the few women in the Republic of Gilead left with functioning ovaries, whose only function it is to breed.

If she deviates, she will be hanged as a dissenter. But Offred is determined to find a way out.


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This is a very strange book in that it it 291 pages of streams of conscience-ness. There is no real order to it at all. It jumps from past to present to maybe present. However, as soon as you give the novel the time it deserves, and pause for thought after each break, you will find that it is a carefully constructed at it brings itself (almost) together by the end. One thing I would have liked a little bit more of is character development. The majority of the ideas I have about the characters were formulated in my head. While this is good, I think the characters themselves contribute a lot to the story, and the message, of the novel and by developing them the author would have developed the novel more.

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